A Youth pastor submits resignation

A member of the Christian & Missionary Alliance | Steve Grace, Senior Pastor
S ta f f c h a n g e
Volume 13, No. 1: MAY 2012
Summit to Summit Men’s Retreat — April 13-15
Youth pastor
Photos by Doug Miller
„„Catherine Davis will
wrap up seven years of
service in July 2012
t the close of services on Sunday,
April 29, Pastor Steve Grace read
a letter of resignation he received
from Youth Pastor Catherine Davis.
She plans to finish the school year and
remain through the
youth’s summer
schedule which
concludes at the end of
July. Her letter reads:
Dear Steve, Governing
Board and Church
Catherine Davis
It is with a sad and thankful heart
that I am writing this letter to submit
my resignation as youth pastor at
Hood River Alliance Church. During
my seven years here, Hood River, and
more importantly, the people here,
have become my home and family
and I am incredibly sad to be moving
on from here. At the same time, I am
overwhelmingly thankful to have been
allowed the opportunity to serve our
church family here. Thank you so
much for allowing me into your
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On track (Above) Randy Olmstead (left) and Cory
McCandliss clash on a corner in their go-carts at Summit
to Summit. (At right) Ron Sullivan gets a grip on the fun!
Retreat challenged
men to set the pace
„„Local pastors called
men to lead by example
by Doug Miller
ver 40 men from Hood River
Alliance journeyed to central
Oregon for the 12th annual Summit to
Summit men’s retreat, April 13-15.
Young Life’s Washington Family
Ranch is part of a 100-square-mile
slice of the desert near Antelope,
surrounded by the John Day River,
fossil beds, whimsical rock formations,
dry sage, and endless blue sky.
Our men joined 200+ campers from
some 23 Gorge-area churches for the
largest gathering ever. We were treated
to stirring worship, lively small group
discussions, and challenging teaching
from four local pastors, including our
own Steve Grace.
This year’s theme, “Setting the
Pace,” focused on 1 Timothy 4:12,
“Don’t let anyone look down on you
because you are young, but set an
example for the believers in speech, in
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S u m m e r a t- a - g l a n c e
June 3 - Prayer Team Breakfast,
7:30 am. Fellowship Hall
June 7 - Last Women’s Bible Study,
9:00 am, Fellowship Hall
(Potluck brunch follows)
June 9 - Men’s Breakfast, 8:00 am,
Fellowship Hall
June 15 - Women’s Fashion Swap,
6-8 pm, Fellowship Hall
June 16 - Duckwall Golf Classic, 8am,
Indian Creek Golf Course
June 18 - HS Trip to Kahneetah Pool
June 20 - MS Trip to Kahneetah Pool
June 29 - HS Camping Trip (to 7/1)
July 11 - Watered in the Word begins,
6:30 pm, Waterfront
July 14 - Men’s Breakfast, 8:00 am,
Fellowship Hall
July 16 - Middle School “ENTER”
Camp, George Fox University,
(through 7/20)
July 22 - Community Worship Service,
10:00 am, Jackson Park
Aug 2-5 - Church Campout,
Hollenbeck Park, Trout Lake
Aug 11 - Men’s Breakfast, 8:00 am,
Fellowship Hall
w e e k ly s c h e d u l e
S U N d a y s .
9:00 am - First Service, Sanctuary
- Adult Class, Fellowship Hall
- Nursery - Preschool Classes
10:45 am - Second Service, Sanctuary
- Preschool-5th Grade Classes
- Youth Church, Youth Center
m o nd a y s .
3:00 pm - HS Open Gym, Youth Center
7:00 pm - HS Youth Group, Youth Ctr
T uesd a y s .
6:00 am - Prayer Meeting, Prayer Room
3:00 pm - HS Skateboarding, Youth Ctr
6:15 pm- Celebrate Recovery Dinner, FH
7:00 pm - Celebrate Recovery, Sanctuary
wednesd a y s .
:00 pm - MS Open Gym, Youth Center
7:00 pm - MS Youth Group, Youth Ctr
thursd a y s .
6:00 am - Men’s Bible Study, Pastor’s Office
9:00 am - Women’s Bible Study, Fell. Hall
G R ACE N O TE S Pa s t o r S t e v e G r a c e
Sabbatical will
be time to refuel
„„Ministry team will care for and lead
the church well in my absence
his summer I have been given the opportunity to pull away for a time of
sabbatical rest and re-creation. Pastoral sabbaticals find their origin in the
concept of “sabbath.” In the scriptures, sabbath meant a few different
things. First, it meant rest from work. In Genesis 1 and 2 we learn that God rested
on the seventh day from all the work he had done. Later in scripture he commands
his people to follow his example and to keep a sabbath in order to rest their bodies,
minds and souls. Another sabbath practice in scripture was to allow land to lie
fallow every seventh year. This kept it from being depleted and resulted in greater
harvests when it was planted once again.
The third sabbath practice the Bible describes has to do with the Year of Jubilee.
Every fifty years, the Jewish people would forgive debt, not charge rent, and not
harvest crops; instead, they would celebrate and offer sacrifices to God out of love
and devotion.
Sabbatical is a time of renewal where, instead of giving out, one has the opportunity to rest and be refilled. I’m thankful our fellowship has a sabbatical plan built
into our policy for pastoral care, and I believe that after eight years of serving here
at Hood River Alliance, the church and I will greatly benefit from this experience.
My plan is to focus on the five following areas of my life: relationships, spiritual
life, intellectual growth, physical health and emotional well being. In the course
of life and ministry, all these areas can suffer from lack of attention. My hope is that
spending three months intentionally focusing on these areas would fill me up and
prepare me for another long season of ministry here at Hood River Alliance.
I am confident we have a team in place that will be able to care for and lead the
church well in my absence. Our elders are highly engaged in the ministry of the
church, and our staff is amazingly competent and hard working. We have put a
preaching plan in place for the summer that will focus on a number of biblical
characters. Each speaker will pick a character and examine how their life and faith
can encourage us to deeper devotion and love for Jesus.
My sabbatical will take place for three months, July through September. During
that time, Holly and I will be doing some traveling to catch up with extended
family. We also plan to visit other churches to experience their
worship and learn from their best practices. Additionally,
we will spend time around our home reading,
reflecting and spending time with our children.
We are really excited about the amazing
opportunity and look forward to seeing
how God will meet us as we purpose to
spend an extended time with him.
S a turd a y s .
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Are we giving Steve Grace
a three-month vacation?
„„Carefully planned
sabbatical will benefit
both pastor and
by Dan Armstrong, Elder
to four areas of life. Pastor Steve’s
sabbatical plan, which he submitted to
the Board in April, covers these areas.
The Physical
What will be the pastor’s plan for
rest, exercise and diet? How will he
sharpen and hone his body that God
uses for ministry? How will the pastor
carry these plans beyond the sabbatical
into a new discipline during future
art of our responsibility as a
Governing Board is to guard our
pastor, keep him accountable,
and support him in leading the church.
Under the guidance of the elders and in
The Relational
accordance with our Employee Policy
The nature of ministry is that it is
and Procedures, we are encouraging
intense and prolonged, often resulting
Pastor Steve to take a
in the neglect of
sabbatical this summer.
The sabbatical is not
You might be wondering,
they immediate
is that just a vacation?
passive “do nothing” time, family, extended
What does it mean?
family, friendships,
but a time of intentional
A sabbatical is a
or colleagues. What
carefully planned period
will be the pastor’s
of time in which a pastor
plan for giving
is granted time away from his normal
renewed time and attention to his wife
ministerial responsibilities for study,
and children, or long-unvisited
spiritual formation, and renewal. A
extended family, good friends or
sabbatical provides the change of
significant colleagues?
scenery which prevents routine from
The Intellectual
becoming rut. It nourishes enrichment
As in every field of study, pastors too
and prevents stagnation by reinvigorathave areas of special interest and
ing body, mind, and soul.
specific skills they want to enhance. A
The pastor’s profession and duties,
reading plan, a study plan, or attending
unlike many secular jobs, draw from
a theological/ministerial update or
the inner being. Without care, a
workshop will usually be a part of the
draining will occur. Hence, the
pastor’s sabbatical.
sabbatical is not passive “do nothing”
The Spiritual
time, but a time of intentional replenPresiding at worship is not the same
ishment, traditionally giving attention
as worshipping. Researching Christian
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Hood River
Alliance Church
Governing Board
Dan Armstrong
Dale Bricker
John Brunk
Jim Pennington
Joe Rinella
Doug Rovianek
Bob Spotts
Members at Large
Tina Graves
Kurt Harter (Treasurer)
Amanda Holste (Secretary)
Cory McCandliss
may be also.” (John 14:2-3) This scripture,
while certainly speaking of heaven, also
speaks another truth: that a leader has
to first go himself where he wishes to
take his followers. If he hasn’t been
there himself, he cannot successfully
take anyone else there. One of the
things happening when a pastor takes a
sabbatical is that he is “going” for the
purpose of “preparing a place” to take
his congregation. He must first go
himself where few have personally
gone—wading into deeper spiritual
waters, discovering new intellectual
territory—in order to be able to return
and take us there.
As we “let go,” our joy will be
watching God prove himself faithful
among us with a great summer of new
experiences. We send Steve and Holly
off with our wishes for a wonderful
sabbath season and many blessings to
tell us about upon
their return!
Dan Armstrong, one
of our seven elders,
is a retired pastor who
has himself taken a
sabbatical, as well as
served in interim
ministries for
pastors on
Photo by Amancay Maahs
Fro m t h e g O V E R N I NG B o a r d
w ELC O ME !
C h i l d r e n ’ s Mi n is t r y
No VBS this year (* gasp!* )
group in the sanctuary with
ur church will not be
music, worship and more. Then
hosting a Vacation
we’ll break into smaller age
Bible School (VBS)
groups, each with a regular
program this year. (Insert “gasp”
leader, where we will do more
here.) This decision has been
intentional Bible learning, play
absolutely steeped in prayer!
games, eat yummy snacks and
I would like to share with
Karola Aleckson
build relationships!
you our reasons, along with an
Children’s Director
The salvation of each child is
exciting new vision the Lord
our primary goal, but it doesn’t stop
has given us for Children’s Ministry.
there! We must teach and disciple our
First, please know how much we love
children to learn how to live for Jesus
VBS! It is a dynamic program and we
their whole lives long!
love the blessing of providing it to the
Please join us in
community and to the
praying for this program.
children of our church.
We desire to bless kids
Pray for God’s anointIn the last few years, our
with consistent learning, ing, for leaders, and for
community has really
clear vision! We have an
stepped up to the plate
fun and discipleship
amazing church
and is doing a fabulous
leadership here that
job in providing various
fully supports this
local VBS programs.
program. Lots of people are already
The one thing in my mind that has
excited and committed! We invite you
always been a bit of a drawback to VBS,
to come alongside Children’s Ministry
is that we impact so many in such a
to help us bring Jesus to this commushort time—five awesome days of Bible
nity! Wahoo!!
learning, fun and decisions for Christ
are made—but then it ends. We are
now feeling the Lord would have us
Jonah Ministries offering
take the next step and go deeper with
summer camp deals
our kids, and the children of this
In the absence
community. Our vision is to do this by
of a summer
providing a mid-week program during
program at our
the school year! We plan to
place, I contacted
begin in January 2013.
Jeff and Beki Duke (who own Jonah
What will it look like?
Ministries in Trout Lake, WA) to see if
they might be able to help. They
Much like the vision
provide a whole range of Christian
and passion we have
camps for grades 1-12. They
for regular consistent
have graciously offered a
teachers, we
special discount to HRAC
desire the
attenders — half price on
opportunity to
any 2012 Jonah Ministries
bless kids with
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and discipleship longmay contact them at [email protected]
term. We will do this in a
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VBS-ish kind of way,
(509) 395-2900.
beginning as a
A new face in
the nursery
„„Monique Bricker joins
Children’s staff as
Nursery Coordinator
o, it’s not another baby—
although we see plenty of
those new faces every week!
It is our pleasure to introduce Monique
Bricker who joined our Children’s
Ministry staff in March, mainly to
oversee our busy nursery. We are
serious about providing excellent care
for our littlest attenders, so Monique’s
role in managing the nursery is crucial
and needed. In the fall of 2010, we
cared for an average of 3-4 babies each
service; this April (2012), that average
had climbed to 10-11.
Monique (and her entire family) has
served in Children’s Ministry for many
years. She has been a weekly Sunday
school teacher, a faithful substitute
teacher, and dedicated volunteer for all
things “Children’s Ministry.”
“Kaylene and I are so excited to have
Monique as a wonderful addition to our
team,” said Children’s Director Karola
Aleckson. “With ‘three strands,’ it now
feels complete!” Monique’s responsibilities will also include general Children’s
Ministry business along with a place on
the CM leadership team.
Monique has been married for 19
years to Dale Bricker, one of our elders
who is also a devoted nursery volunteer.
The Brickers have three girls, Ansley
(15), Elizabeth (13) and Kate (6).
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Photo by Amancay Maahs
„„We are taking a rest from the summer program as
we pursue plans for an exciting new thing!
pro j e c t
New Playground construction begins
Diggin’ in
Photo by Karola Aleckson
At left, Gary Fisher directs
Kendall Ronning (manning
the mini-excavator) as
they begin prep on the site
for a new playground on
our campus west of Mod 3.
The area will be enclosed
by a two-rail fence and
feature a custom designed
wooden ark play structure.
Children’s Ministry received
a donation of funds for the
playground project which
is expected to be completed
by the end of June. Men of
the church are providing
the labor, and many local
businesses have given us
discounts on materials.
Photo by Karola Aleckson
O u t D o i ng
Men’s Breakfast crew is serving up service!
„„Men blessed camp
with needed work
n the last year, men of the church
have been involved with a number
of hands-on projects—and they
are not slowing down! This fall, men at
the November monthly Men’s Breakfast diverted from their normal activities
and hosted a work party up at Jonah
Ministries in Trout Lake, WA. The
year-round Christian camp facility is
owned by Hood River Alliance active
attenders Jeff and Beki Duke who have
offered it numerous times for the
church’s use. It was the site of a youth
retreat last spring, our church family
campout last summer, as well as the
Men’s Advance retreat in the fall.
Seventeen guys showed up the
morning of Saturday, November 12,
and, after a breakfast prepared by
Jonah staff, made themselves busy
with several projects around the camp.
They sheet-rocked a classroom (shown
at right), started framing for the new
Camp Store, removed old paint from
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wainscoting in the Preschool Room.
They have done basic repairs, fencing,
and landscaping. Most recently, they
set all the posts for the fence around a
new playground site (see above).
The next Men’s Breakfast is Saturday,
June 9 at 8:00 a.m. All men are invited
to come enjoy a meal followed by a
brief devotional time. Afterward,
those who can stay will
be doing more work
on the playground
Photo by Mark Brown
Rockin’ for
the Lord!
the Bus Barn, helped Jeff with winterizing activities and other small jobs.
“It was a great day for doing some
service work up at Jonah Ministries,”
said Mark Brown. “It felt good to bless
Jeff and Beki.”
The December breakfast included a
canned food drive for FISH Food Bank.
During the winter, men installed sound
panels in the youth center, hung new
light fixtures in the sanctuary, and
remodeled the area behind it. They
updated the Fellowship Hall with new
paint and molding, and installed
Part of the Hood River Alliance men’s work crew at Jonah Ministries (from left to right):
Delbert Warner, Bart Mooney, Mike Allen, RJ Sullivan, Gary “Fish” Fisher, Paul Cater,
Sam Krentz, and up on the scaffold, Tim Berg’s father-in-law, Dennis Hale. Also lending
a hand that day were Tim Berg, Mark Brown, Jeff Collett, Kevin Kingrey, Jim Lehman,
John Mooney, Chris Schliecker, Mark Van Metre and his son, Allan Van Metre.
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Prayer Ministry will miss Pattons
„„Couple has
modeled steadfast
faith and shared
their wisdom
he Hood River Alliance
Prayer Ministry team
would like to acknowledge
and thank Dan and Janice
Patton for their leadership
over the past years in prayer
ministry here. Janice is retiring from
the school district and relocating to
Ellensburg, WA to be with Dan who is
a principal for the school district there.
We will greatly miss the Pattons, but
know that our loss, is the Ellensburg
community’s gain!
They have been an integral part of
this church body in their
steadfast leadership,
modeling and teaching
(see Janice’s article on
page 11).
Dan and Janice, we
bless you with all of
God’s goodness and
favor in your continued
journey with our faithful
Lord and Savior. We
love you, Pattons!
We will honor the Pattons at the
Prayer Team Breakfast on Sunday,
June 3 in the Fellowship Hall at 7:30
a.m. prior to first service. Join us as we
bless the Pattons and send them off
with our prayers. Tina Graves will
share a teaching and Teri Bryant will
bring a charge for the team.
Sunday, June 3 in the Fellowship Hall
7:30 - 8:50 a.m. (before first service)
Speaker: Tina Graves | Blessing/Prayer for Pattons
Open to anyone interested in praying for our church
pro j e c t
New church
sign installed
„„ Scout completes sign
as part of Eagle project
dam McCaw, 15, stands with
the sign he and fellow boy
scouts from Troop 282 installed at
the corner of Rand Road and
Montello Avenue. They also posted
smaller signs at our parking lot
entrances and by the church office. Adam worked for a year to complete the sign
project as part of the requirements to achieve rank as an Eagle Scout. The process
included submitting church staff-approved designs to the city, obtaining permits,
constructing the frame, and installing the finished product. Thanks for your hard
Photo by Jeff McCaw
work on this great addition to our campus, Adam!
Youth staff
gains a teacher
„„Tina Graves will
oversee Sunday AM
youth program
n March 11, we welcomed Tina
Graves to our part-time staff as
Youth Discipleship Coordinator.
Her role is focused mainly on providing
students and families who attend Sunday
mornings a place to grow and belong.
Her responsibilities include leading the
program which meets during second
service in the Youth Center. Tina
teaches the large-group portion of the
session (which averages 30 students
per week), and oversees the nine volunteer staff who lead the gender- and
grade-specific small groups that follow.
Tina is no stranger to education.
She teaches math at Hood River Valley
High School and at Columbia Gorge
Community College. She has been part
of our Women’s Bible Study teaching
team, and heads up a weekly community group for young adults ages 18-25.
“Over the years, Tina has shown a
real heart for our church and for youth,
specifically,” said Pastor Steve Grace.
She currently serves as a member of
our Governing Board, and has been
active in missions. Most recently she
spent a year in Jordan as a missionary.
On the flip side, this teacher is also a
student at George Fox University,
pursuing a seminary degree in Spiritual
Formation. Welcome aboard, Tina!
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Photo by Amancay Maahs
Youth pastor resigns
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B a p t is m homes and lives and of course the
lives of the students here. You are an
incredible church that loves Christ and
others amazingly well and it has been
an honour to minister alongside the
people here. God has used this period
in my life to continue to grow and
form me, and I believe that He is
calling me on to the next chapter of
my life in His service.
February 5, 2012
(At right) Saul Ascencio,
on the right, embraces
Cesar Romero.
Living the Call Together,
Catherine Davis
Catherine was introduced to Hood
River Alliance Church in 2004 by her
college roommate, Nicole, whose father,
Mike Ballah, was our youth pastor at
the time. We had just hired Steve Grace
as our new associate pastor. That fall,
Catherine came to intern with Mike for
eight months. In 2006, the pint-sized
church kid from Canada known for her
willingness to step out and try new
things took on a huge job when Mike
retired and she came on board as our
full-time youth pastor.
She and Jesse Larvick (who joined
the staff as a second youth pastor in
2007) led an incredible team of adult
volunteer staff who share the task of
loving on kids and building bridges to
Jesus. When Jesse moved from youth
pastor to associate pastor in 2009,
Catherine continued to effectively
manage the ministry, always recognizing with gratitude the amazing support
and contribution of her dedicated
youth staff and interns.
In addition to ably connecting with
and serving middle and high school
students over the years, Catherine has
also proved to be a gifted teacher of
God’s Word in our pulpit. We have
benefitted from her knowledge,
spiritual depth, and encouragement.
The average length of time a youth
pastor serves a church is 18 months.
We have been blessed and privileged to
have Catherine with us for seven growthfilled years. Please pray for Pastor Steve
and the Governing Board as they seek
God’s direction for our next steps in
this transition. Also lift up our youth
volunteers and the many students who
will miss Catherine so much.
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Photo by Amancay Maahs
Moore baptized
Pastor Steve Grace (right) prepares to baptize Lee Moore (center),
with the help of one of Lee’s sons, Steve Moore. Lee’s granddaughter Juliana (Steve’s
daughter), 6, snaps photos in the background.
More baptized!
e were excited to celebrate with another batch of
folks who were baptized on Sunday, February 5. The
ensemble of those making a public statement of their faith
in Jesus Christ included four guys from a growing men’s
weekly fellowship group dubbed “The Boat.” About a dozen
men stood in a line at the front of the sanctuary as witnesses
in solidarity with their friends. In the water, Gary Fisher
helped Associate Pastor John Blosser do the dipping.
After his own baptism, Joe Lucas had the privilege of
assisting Pastor John in baptizing Joe’s twin sons, Jordan
and Julian, age 11. Blake Willis, 9, ranked as the day’s
youngest participant. Pastor John hoisted him up so the congregation could see
Blake during charges given by his mom, Joyce Willis, and aunt, Tina Graves.
Youth Pastor Catherine Davis introduced Emily and Makenna, two girls from our
youth group who wanted to make their faith known. The baptism concluded with
Lee Moore, 77, who came to faith in the last year and beamed with joy as his son,
Mike Moore, read a charge. Steve affirmed Lee’s willingness to step into an uncomfortable situation in order to obey Christ. Thank you, Jesus! Bring us MORE!
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conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
Men of all ages were challenged to keep
their lives in sync with their words, to
love as Christ loved, to trust fully in the
gospel of grace, and to seek purity as a
lifelong pursuit.
There was plenty of opportunity for
rest and relaxation, and we took full
advantage of it! During the day, men
engaged in a number of activities,
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including whiffle
ball, hiking,
biking, riding a
huge zipline into the
lake, and enjoying the indoor climbing /
skating / gymnasium sports center.
There is already excitement buzzing
for next year’s retreat, scheduled for
April 12-14, 2013. Pre-register now to
save your spot at the lowest possible cost.
Call the church office for details. Men,
we look forward to seeing you there!
H R AC h a pp e n i n g s
Yo u t h Mi n is t r y
Save the date!
Church Campout
August 2-5
M i ni stry
Ch i ldren’s
Hollenbeck Park
Trout Lake, WA
Summer soaking time will
meet at waterfront
Ladies, plan now to be a part of Watered
in the Word, a slow-down time of worship
and soaking in scripture which will meet
on Wednesday evenings for seven weeks
beginning Wednesday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m.
This year we plan to
meet by the waterfront.
Watch for more info
coming soon!
Women to swap fashions
For Women only (please, no children)—
Come for a fun time of sharing and
relaxation with other women at a
“Fashion Swap” on Friday, June 15,
from 6-8 p.m. Bring an appetizer
or dessert to share. You will receive
a ticket to participate when you drop
off your clean, gently used items
that day from 4:00-5:45 p.m. Those
without tickets will be allowed in at 7 p.m.
Questions? Call Graciela (541) 380-1490.
Women’s Bible Study
Wrapping up
1 Corinthians
High School—Monday, June 18
Middle School—Wednesday, June 20
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Elementary classes (K-5th)
NO Elementary classes (K-5th)
• Nursery care
• Busy Bees Class (2-3’s)
• Preschool Class (4-5’s)
Community Worship Service
returns Sunday, July 22
10:00 a.m., Jackson Park
This will be the third year hundreds of
Christians from area churches
have gathered in Jackson
Park to worship as
Don’t miss it!
f or m e n
Come for teaching and discussion.
Childcare is always provided. Remember you can listen to lessons you’ve
missed on our website. We will meet
through Thursday, June 7, when we’ll
wrap up our season. Afterward, we’ll
enjoy a potluck brunch together.
Bring your favorite item to share!
Come as you are, come when you can!
Men’s group meets
early Thursdays
6:00 - 7:00 a.m., Pastor’s Office
Pastor Steve Grace leads a men’s
study on Thursday mornings. Subjects vary.
All men are welcome. Come check it out.
Wendy Jo Berg
Rhonda Fischer
Becky Hansen
J U N E 9 —8 : 0 0 A M
in Fellowship Hall
High School Camping Trip
June 29 - July 1
Middle School Camp “Enter”
July 16-20 (see details below)
Watch the Sunday bulletin and website for
more details about what’s going on in
Youth Ministry this summer!
“Enter” middle school camp
balances service and fun
july 16-20, 2012
at george fox university
During both services, all
summer, we will have:
Please carpool and
bring lawn chairs.
Thursdays, 9 am
Fellowship Hall
Our midweek open gym
times end when school’s out
(June 13), but look what’s UP:
Trip to Kahneetah Pool
More details
coming soon!
For Wo m e n
Lots of fun ahead for
youth in summer
Serve God, serve others and HAVE FUN!
This is a week for digging deep into God’s
Word with awesome
speakers and times of
worship. We’ll be
doing various projects
in the community
—from car washes to
serving food to the
homeless. Of course, we’ll also have great
games, enjoy Team Builders, have a BBQ
and play in the fountain at the park, plus
many other fun activities! Early bird
registration (by June 1) is $200. Visit our
website or call (541) 386-2812 for more.
Young adults meet
Sunday PMs
Tina Graves leads a
community group for
young adults (ages
18-25) at 6:30 p.m. on
Sunday nights at the
home of John and Emily
Blosser (3889 Fairview
Dr., Hood River). Come by some time.
To find out more, call Tina at (541)
806-4415, or… just show up!
Volunteer at Food Bank
Local churches take turns in helping to
hand out food at the community FISH
Food Bank. Our next turn is on
June 15, 18 & 20 (3:45-5pm).
Contact Kim Spotts at (541)
386-6534 if you’d like to help.
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MAY 2012
S u ppor t a n d R e c ov e r y
“My grace is enough for you...”
— 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Tuesday Schedule
Folks finding help, healing at CR
„„Program offers
safe place to get
real and deal with
your “stuff”
elebrate Recovery (“CR”
as it’s fondly known)
Several from Hood
continues to have a steady
group of attenders on Tuesday
River will attend CR
nights, reports Recovery
Summit in California
Ministries Director Lud Tolbert.
Recently they added two new
Each year, Saddleback
open share men’s groups, one
Church (the birthplace of
for those struggling with
Celebrate Recovery) in Lake
Lud Tolbert
chemical addiction and the
Recovery Ministries Forest, California hosts the
other for those battling anger
Celebrate Recovery Summit, an
and a critical spirit.
international conference featuring
Aside from Tuesday meetings, CR
three days of training, fellowship and
also has step studies which meet
fun. A delegation of about 11 of our CR
separately and allow people to work
folks plan to attend this year’s event on
through the program more in depth.
August 8-10. They will hear from
These closed groups take 9 months to
Pastor John and Cheryl Baker, the
a year to complete. “One women’s step
founders of CR, as well as Drs. Henry
study has just completed,” Lud said,
Cloud, John Townsend and many more
“and two others are meeting now—
gifted speakers. For more information,
one for women and one for men.” He
call Lud at (541) 308-5339 or visit
expects some new ones in the fall.
Several involved with CR have
shared honestly from our platform
ADULT M I N I S T R Y about the “junk in their trunk” and the
recovery God is working out in their
lives through their involvement in CR.
Lud, who led a sexual addiction
recovery group at our church for about
ten years before we implemented the CR
program here, says he feels privileged
to be a part of the work God is doing to
change people’s lives through CR. “It’s
a blessing to watch it happen in
others,” he says, “but really, the Lord’s
not done with me yet, either.”
Connected yet?
6:15 pm
7:00 pm
8:00 pm
9:00 pm
Every week a Newcomers 101
group is available for firsttime attenders. If you have
any questions, call Lud Tolbert
at (541) 308-5339.
Celebrate Recovery is a Christcentered program designed to help
those struggling with addictions or
destructive habits, or suffering the
wounds of past hurts, to find
healing and freedom. We meet
every week (no exceptions). We
start at 6:15 with dinner together,
then go into a time of worship,
followed by either teaching or a
testimony, and open share groups.
We cap it all off with fellowship
afterward. Within this close
community, we are finding a place
to celebrate God’s healing power in
our lives as we work our way along
the road of recovery.
We have lots of places for you to plug in!
(541) 386-2812
MAY 2012
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Small Open Share
There’s a place for YOU at
Celebrate Recovery!
Community Groups
John Blosser
Associate Pastor
I want to help build strong,
lasting connections among
our staff, ministry leaders,
and families that make up
Hood River Alliance, and—
most importantly—to help
us make new connections
with those who don’t have
a church home and a relationship with Christ (yet!).
F a m i ly N e w s
Baby blessings
Kellen Thomas Goss
Steven & Gretchen
(Bellus) Goss welcomed their first
child, Kellen Thomas,
on November 11. He
weighed 9 lbs. 7 ozs. and measured 21
inches. Proud grandparents are Brian
& Valerie Bellus, and Terry & Deborah
Goss. Great-grandparents are Mary
Lou Bellus and Truman & Mildred
Goss, all of Hood River.
Amelia Claire Leming
Congratulations to
Robb & Audra
Leming who were
blessed with the arrival
of another baby girl,
Amelia Claire. She was born on
November 18 and weighed 6 lbs. 8 ozs.
Big sister Stephanie is nine.
Gavyn Ortiz Hanshaw
On December 13,
Cody & Jamie
Hanshaw welcomed a
third son, Gavyn Ortiz.
He weighed 7 lbs. 15 ozs.
and measured 20 inches. Big brothers
are Ezra (9) and Zachary (7), and big
sister is Gracyn (3).
Eli Benjamin Blosser
John & Emily
Blosser gladly welcomed Eli Benjamin
who made his appearing
on January 29. He weighed 7 lbs. 14 ozs.
and joins siblings Sam (5), Addy (3), and
Tobias (1). Elizabeth Blosser (“Auntie
E”) is nearby in White Salmon, while
grandparents Oliver & Mary Blosser of
Buffalo, MN and John & Vickie Rowlett
of Madera, CA rejoice from afar—as do
great-grandpas Milton Christensen of
Hickory Corners, WI and John E.
Rowlett of Port Angeles, WA, as well as
a host of other happy relatives.
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Photo by Cindy Olson
Dedicated Pete and Mathea Valentine brought their son Lincoln (born 6/9/11)
forward on Sunday, October 23, to dedicate him to the Lord. Along with them were
their daughter Sierra (6), and son Chaz (4). As Pete held him, Lincoln’s attention
remained firmly fixed on Pastor Steve Grace while he spoke about the Valentines’
desire to bring up their children in a godly home. Impressed by the tot’s unwavering
focus, Steve told the congregation: “Some of you could learn from this guy!” He
took Lincoln and held him up “Lion King style,” then led the church body in a
prayer for wisdom, protection, and blessing over the Valentine family.
Families dedicate
babies to the Lord
Several families participated in a Baby
Dedication on Sunday, January 15.
Pastors John Blosser and Pete Tegeler
joined Pastor Steve on the platform,
sharing the privilege of praying for and
with these children and their families:
Grayson Lee Foster (born 1/5/12)
Parents: Eric & Amber Foster
Kellen Thomas Goss (born 11/11/11)
Parents: Steve & Gretchen Goss
Gavyn Ortiz Hanshaw (born 12/13/11)
Gracyn Rayn Hanshaw (born 11/29/08)
Parents: Cody & Jamie Hanshaw
Isaiah Michael Ingersoll (born 6/8/11)
Parents: Mike & Heather Ingersoll
Oliver Daniel Reiss (born 8/15/10)
Parents: Daniel & Nicole Reiss
New members welcomed
We are pleased to extend a warm
welcome to the following new members
of our fellowship:
On Nov. 6, 2011:
Olive Dorn
Lee Moore
Steve Moore
On January 22, 2012:
Les and Patti Henry
James Kreiser
Carol Neuhart-Hoye
Larry Tolbert
Alan Wiebe
If you are interested in becoming a
member of our church, call the office
at (541) 386-2812 to find out when the
next Roots 101 class will be offered.
Amelia Claire Leming (born 11/18/11)
Parents: Robb & Audra Leming
If you are interested in dedicating
your child during one of our services,
please contact a pastor or call the
church office at (541) 386-2812.
“I have no greater joy than to hear that
my children walk in truth.”
—3 John 4
“And this is my dad. He begat me.”
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MAY 2012
Connecting people with God’s Heart & advancing His Kingdom through prayer
If you need prayer
On Sundays, Prayer Team members are available to pray for you
or with you at stations around
the sanctuary or in the Prayer
Room. Our pastors and elders are
available to pray for you at your
request. During the week, contact
the Prayer Chain (see below).
Pray with us
Tuesdays — 6:00 a.m.
Join Pastor Steve in the Prayer
Room as he leads a time to pray
for our church, family, friends,
ministry and those in need.
Perhaps you or a family member
have a special need and would
like prayer and/or anointing. All
are welcome.
Prayer Chain
If you need immediate prayer, call
the church at (541) 386- 2812,
Janet Holste at (541) 386-2413, or
Linda Lorenzen at (541) 298-8864.
This loving service of prayer is
available to all.
MAY 2012
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Co n t a c t Us
a n n u a l FUND R A I S E R
Office Hours: Mon & Fri—8 a.m. - noon
Tues-Thurs—8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: (541) 386-2812
Fax: (775) 871-9320
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.hoodriveralliance.org
L e a d e rs h ip TEAM
Steve Grace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Senior Pastor
John Blosser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Associate Pastor
Pete Tegeler. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Worship Pastor
Catherine Davis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Youth Pastor
Tina Graves. . . . Youth Discipleship Coordinator
Karola Aleckson. . . Director of Children’s Ministry
Kaylene Baker. . . . . Children’s Ministry Assistant
Monique Bricker. . . . . . . . . . Nursery Coordinator
Janet Holste. . . . . Secretary/Ministry Assistant
Teri Bryant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Administration
Lud Tolbert. . . . . Recovery Ministries Director
Teri Bryant / Dan & Janice Patton. . Prayer Ministry
Governing Board:
Dan Armstrong (Elder)
Dale Bricker (Elder)
John Brunk (Elder)
Tina Graves*
Kurt Harter*
Amanda Holste*
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At right, John
Brunk gets into the
swing of things at
Summit to Summit
men’s retreat during
a pick-up game of
whiffle ball. On the
far right, Chris
Pedrotti (left) and
Pastor Steve Grace
assist with lake
baptism—in the dark.
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weekend starting on page 1.
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Cory McCandliss*
Jim Pennington (Elder)
Joe Rinella (Elder)
Doug Rovianek (Elder)
Bob Spotts (Elder)